CHRIS Porter has vowed to show Oldham Athletic no compassion when he returns to Boundary Park today.
The Sheffield United striker spent two successful seasons in Greater Manchester, scoring 31 goals in 60 starts, before joining Motherwell in 2007.
Despite that record, Porter admitted he “doesn’t know” what type of reception he will receive from the home crowd during this afternoon’s League One curtain-raiser.
But the 29-year-old warned: “If I do get booed then I’m sure it will spur me on a bit more.
“I’m not sure how I’ll be greeted but – and I don’t mean this in a disrespectful way at all – it’s not really a concern anyway.
“Oldham is a great club, a family orientated place and I had a really good time there.
“I’m a Sheffield United player now though and Sheffield United is all that I’m bothered about.”
Porter arrived at Bramall Lane on a free transfer earlier this summer after being released by Derby County.
Having been relegated in disappointing fashion last term, he acknowledged a positive start would help new manager Danny Wilson’s quest to restore the South Yorkshire club’s reputation.
“Of course promotion is realistic,” Porter added. “We’ve got to have a good chance but nothing is a given or certain.
“I know this is a tough league because I’ve been in it before, I know what it’s all about.
“A few of the lads might be lacking a bit of confidence after what happened, I don’t know. But, if they are, then that’s quickly rectified with some good results.”
Meanwhile, Oldham’s Matt Smith is confident he can follow in Porter’s footsteps this term after completing a degree in international business management.
The 6ft 6in marksman, who polished his skills in non-league, said: “Being here will make me a better player.”